Journal: Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 27, 884-890.
Title: Effects of hand massage on anxiety in cataract surgery using local anesthesia.
Authors: Kim, M.S., Cho, K.S., Woo, H., & Kim, J.H. (2001).
Conclusions: Patients undergoing surgery experience anxiety, and this can be quantified by measuring blood pressure; heart rate; levels of epinephrine, norepinephrine, blood sugar, cortisol, lymphocytes, and neutrophils; and using the Visual Analog Scale. This study employed those measurements on 59 patients before and after having cataract surgery. They were divided into two groups – a control and those having 5 minutes of hand massage before surgery.
Five minutes after surgery, those in the control group had elevated levels of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol – all signs of increased anxiety. However, those levels did not increase for patients in the massage group, and all other indices of anxiety decreased in the massage group.
Journal: Likarska Sprava, 93-96.
Title: Effect of neck massage therapy on the soft tissues after thyroid surgery. *
Authors: Antoniv, V.R. (2002)
Conclusions: After thyroid surgery, patients were given neck massage to improve skin and muscle tone of the neck. In 85% of cases there was improvement. Also, 48% of patients reported reduced swelling and edema.
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